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Updating Your Kitchen with Mixed Metals

Mixed Metal Kitchen Guide

For many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the place where everyone gathers, homework happens, food is shared and conversations take place. That’s exactly why it is one of the most popular rooms to remodel — and one of the most complicated. A lot of homeowners feel as though there is a lot riding on every decision. Each detail, from the layout to the wall color to the fixtures and finishes, can impact the overall look of the room.

Are you giving your home some updates? Do you hope you’ll end up with a kitchen that you and your family can enjoy for the long haul? If so, here’s a timeless idea to consider: Mixed metal.

Why Mix Metals?

A kitchen that is “matchy-matchy” does not create the same layered, high-end look that mixed metals can. Incorporating various metals allows you to use one statement piece as a focal point in the room — say, a copper range hood or bold...

Tips on Improving the Curb Appeal of Your Front Porch

A first impression is always essential. If you want to improve the look of your house, work on the outdoor areas. If you are considering selling or making improvements for your enjoyment, making a curb appeal is a critical way to make your house look nice. Here are a few tips to improve the curb appeal of your front porch.Tips on Improving the Curb Appeal of Your Front Porch

Add some greenery and flowers

One of the crucial ways to boost curb appeal is to add greenery and flowers. If you do not have time or money to establish a garden, you can achieve the same effect by putting planters and boxes. Use plants to highlight important visible points.

Understand limitations

Excess bushes will hide windows and make your porch look foreboding. If the porch...

How to Get Your Offer Accepted Without a Cash Offer

With the hot housing market and low-interest rates, this is a great time to buy a home.  Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or deciding to make an upgrade, there are many things to consider to get your offer accepted. And, it doesn’t mean you need to have the cash to get the property of your dreams. Here are some ways to make your offer stand out. How to Get Your Offer Accepted Without a Cash Offer

Time is of the Essence 

If you are typically one to deliberate about a big decision—this is the time to prepare to move quickly.  With easy electronic access to new home listings, many tech-savvy home buyers are getting real-time updates as new properties come on the market. You, too, can search these...

What to Know About Buying a Home with a Wood Burning Fireplace

buying a home with a wood-burning fireplace

There is nothing better than curling up under a blanket to the sound of crackling wood in the fireplace. While it may be a cozy ambiance, wood-burning fireplaces require a lot of upkeep that many people seem to overlook when buying a home. While there is an equally long list of positives or pros that are associated with wood-burning fireplaces here are a few of the cons that you may want to consider prior to your purchase.

Chimney Sweep

A Chimney Sweep should be done once per year, generally prior to your first use of the season. This ensures that your fire can burn safely without running the risk of a dangerous chimney fire. On average, a chimney sweep costs between $100-$150, however, each...

6 Easy Tips for Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent

One of the most important decisions facing a buyer in search of a new home is selecting the right real estate agent.6 Easy Tips for Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent

Throughout the home buying process, your agent is your “go-to” representative providing guidance and professional knowledge along the way. As a result, there are some important criteria to consider as you research who would be the best agent to represent you.

Lenders Know Real Estate Agents

A good place to start is to obtain referrals from your lender. Keep in mind only your lender will ask questions and request documents relating to your credit score, salary, tax returns, or other financial information.

Personal Network

Your personal...

Should I Buy a House with or Without a Garage?

Homes with a garage are definitely looked at as more luxurious than homes without, however as with all things in 'Real Estate' there are pros and cons to purchasing a home with a garage. While there are many different features that could fall into either the pro or con category in regard to a garage, these are the top two for each category according to homeowners.

ProsShould I Buy a House with or Without a Garage?


Quite possibly the top of the tier, having a garage provides a huge range of conveniences for homeowners. From not having to bring groceries inside while it’s raining, to being able to run out to your car to grab your wallet or purse without needing to throw on a pair of shoes, the list of conveniences is immeasurable.

Safety and Security


Tips to Keep a Pet Friendly Home Clean

Buying a home isn’t always just for us, and oftentimes our pets end up playing a large role in our purchase. Selling a home with pets can be even more challenging. Is there a good outdoor space to let your dog run and play? Large windows that let in the summer sunshine for your cat to bask in? You name it, we often end up looking for certain features to ensure that all our family members, including our pets, are left with the home of their dreams. While our pets may enjoy the home, unfortunately shedding and everyday pet maintenance can make your home look (and smell) far less than appealing. Here are a few easy ways to keep your home clean even with furry residents. Tips to Keep a Pet-Friendly Home Clean...

Planning on Moving to Loveland, Colorado? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Loveland nicknamed “The Sweetheart City” is the second most Populus city in Larimer County and the 3rd Largest city of Northern Colorado. If you are planning on moving to Loveland, then you are at just the right place. 

In this brief guide, we’ll tell you all you need to know about this picturesque Home Rule Municipality before you move here. relocating to loveland co

We are going to share with you some basic facts about Loveland Colorado namely the housing costs, real estate trends along with fun stuff like that the popular attractions and famous neighborhoods that you can visit here as you settle down in the Sweetheart City.    

Loveland: Area & Population

Loveland was founded in...

Warm Cider, Fall's Crisp Welcome, and Time-Tested Tradition: Vala's Pumpkin Patch

Celebrated author Jane Hirshfield poignantly claimed that “The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider.” This fall all of us here at Flatwater Realty understand that it has been a trying season at best, and many of you are anxious for a safe and crisp excursion outdoors to stretch your legs and find the ultimate way to ring in one of the most special times of the year.

Vala's has long been a tradition for many Lincoln and Omaha-area families, and this year marks a very exciting time as it is now their...

Getting By With the Help of High-Tech Friends: A Sampling of Super Cool Gadgets for a New House

Moving into a new house is undeniably one of the most exciting times in anyone's life, and all of us here at Flatwater Realty will be the first to tell you that it gets even better with added goodies for comfort inside! We love the throwback vibe of simplicity, and there is nothing better than a room with comfortable furniture, a healthy dose of light, and a bit of a minimalist vibe. Especially over the last decade, we have noticed just how much the gadgets available to make your life easier and more comfortable in your new house have grown from “slightly interesting” to “off-the-charts amazing”!